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Public Information Notice 16-17
National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC
715 AM EDT Fri May 27 2016

TO: Subscribers:
 -NOAA Weather Wire Service
 -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network
 -NOAAPORT
 Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees

FROM: Darin Figurskey
 Operations Branch Chief, Ocean Prediction Center

SUBJECT: Soliciting Comments until June 30, 2016, on the
 Proposed Termination of the Production of Legacy
 Redbook Graphics

The NWS National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)
Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) is accepting comments until June
30, 2016, on its proposal to terminate legacy Redbook graphics.
These are graphics developed sent from the NCEP Advanced Weather
Interactive Processing System (NAWIPS) to the national AWIPS.
Some Redbook graphics currently use World Meteorological
Organization (WMO) identifiers identical to other products
produced by the OPC.

For example, the OPC 48-hour wind/wave Redbook graphics use the
WMO identifiers PJAI88 KWNM (Atlantic) and PJBI88 KWNM
(Pacific). The 00z 48-hour wind/wave chart for the Atlantic also
uses the WMO identifier PJAI88 KWNM, while the 00z 48-hour
wind/wave chart for the Pacific also uses PJBI88 KWNM.Because
WMO identifiers for certain Redbook graphics are identical to
radiofax graphics, there is concern of conflict with radiofax
transmissions.

All radiofax products will continue to be produced and will use
the same WMO identifiers. This proposal does not consider
changing radiofax product identifiers.

NWS will terminate the following products:

PYAA89 KWNM Redbook Unified Surface Analysis - Atlantic Portion
PWIA98 KWNM Redbook Atlantic Wind/Wave Analysis
PWIE98 KWNM Redbook Atlantic 24-hour Wind/Wave Forecast
PPAE89 KWNM Redbook Atlantic 24-hour Surface Forecast
PPAI89 KWNM Redbook Atlantic 48-hour Surface Forecast
PJAI88 KWNM Redbook 48-hour Wind/Wave Forecast
PPAM89 KWNM Redbook Atlantic 96-hour Surface Forecast
PJAA88 KWNM Redbook Atlantic Sea State Analysis
PYBA89 KWNM Redbook Unified Surface Analysis - Pacific Portion
PWIA97 KWNM Redbook Pacific Wind/Wave Analysis
PWIE97 KWNM Redbook Pacific 24-hour Wind/Wave Analysis
PPBE89 KWNM Redbook Pacific 24-hour Surface Forecast
PPBI89 KWNM Redbook Pacific 48-hour Surface Forecast
PJBI88 KWNM Redbook Pacific 48-hour Wind/Wave Forecast
PPBM89 KWNM Redbook Pacific 96-hour Surface Forecast
PJBA88 KWNM Redbook Pacific Sea State Analysis

The legacy Redbook graphics NWS is proposing to terminate will
be available as radiofax and web products with identical
information.

Through this comment solicitation, no changes are anticipated to
the schedule or suite of OPC radiofax charts. For example, users
will continue to receive the current suite of graphical products
as currently shown on the OPC web site:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/
and at the web sites below:

Atlantic:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/Atl_tab.shtml

Pacific:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/Pac_tab.shtml

Arctic:
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/AK_tab.shtml

There will also be no effect on the content or schedule via the
Worldwide Marine Radiofacsimile Broadcast:

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/rfax.pdf

Please send comments or requests for more information by
June 30, 2016 to:

 darin.figurskey@noaa.gov
 301-683-1497

National Public Information Notices are online at:

 http://www.weather.gov/os/notif.htm



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